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Bluing a barrel

When I turned 12 my grandfather gave me an old Stevens double barrel in 16 gauge. I was never taught how to care for a gun and let it form some rust. I had a guy blue it without dipping. Job came out bad and it needs done the right way. I was just curious about how much it costs to have this done on that gun. ???? $100, 200 ..... No idea here.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014, 01:21 PM
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Re: Bluing a barrel

I had one done this past summer for $65. It was sent out for a hot bluing and looks perfect.

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Re: Bluing a barrel

You can do it. Preparation of the parts is the key. They need to be cleaned, polished and oil free.

Go to Brownell's website and look for his instructions and videos. They have a number of options available.

There are some cold blue preparations that are very good and they would be the easiest to apply. I have done a few cold blue jobs that have turned out real nice.

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Re: Bluing a barrel

If you want it to look ok, do it yourself. If you want it to look great, pay a professional.
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Re: Bluing a barrel

nrowles,

Your barrels need to be rust blued if you want them done correctly. A proper job done well by a competent gunsmith will probably cost you more than the gun is worth. It typically is $300+ to do the work depending on how badly rusted the barrels are.

I'd caution you to stay away from hot bluing your barrels as the high temps used during this process can melt the material (typically silver solder) used to join the barrels/ribs and lead to rib separation.

Best of luck with your project.
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Re: Bluing a barrel

As mentioned, double barrels cannot be hot blued or the solder holding the barrels together will start to deteriorate. The gun would probably need to be Bakered which is a little more involved than hot bluing. Not trying to knock anyone but most folks have no clue of what a good bluing job looks like and what is involved. I would say you are probably going to be looking at a $125 minimum and probably more along the lines of about $250 for a professional job.
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Get a Wonder Blue kit (cold bluing), follow instructions and do it yourself. Takes a little time, but not difficult.

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Re: Bluing a barrel

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nrowles,

A proper job done well by a competent gunsmith will probably cost you more than the gun is worth.
There is sentimental value here. Like I said, gun was given to me when I was 12 by my grandfather. First gun I ever owned.
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Thanks for the info guys. I guess I will find out who the good gunsmiths in the area are and see what they have to say before I do anything.
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Re: Bluing a barrel

nrowles,

I understand the sentiment attached to family guns. I hope you didn't take my remarks to be disparaging. That was not the intent.

There were two guys in SC PA I would have recommended but unfortunately the one chose to close his shop in 2013 and I'm not sure the other is still doing rust bluing and Damascus browning. Give Craig Smith at Circlefly Wads http://www.circlefly.com/html/welcome.html a call and ask him if he's still doing this type of work. As I said before, best of luck with your project.
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